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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, America’s median household income was $56,516 in 2015. Graduates with the following degrees typically earn less than this; ranging anywhere from $28,000.00 to just over $50,000.00 per year.

Our table illustrates that the least valuable majors are in fine arts, performing arts, and other related or liberal arts fields, and it supports  Inside Higher Education’s recent publication entitled “The Shrinking Humanities Job Market”.


There are three sources for our comparison:

  • Forbes: 17 College Majors that Report High Unemployment
  • Kiplinger: 10 Worst College Majors for Your Career
  • BankRate.com: 10 Least Valuable College Majors

Compare Least Valuable College Majors

Majors mentions three times or more are highlighted in red.    Majors listed twice are highlighted in blue.

Think carefully before you decide upon which major to pursue.  This decision will affect your income and your quality of life.